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West Coast Premier of video “The Native and the Refugee: Reservations, Sovereignty, and Autonomy”

Palestine Indigenous solidarity 1VIMAF and ALL NATIONS Festival invite you to the westcoast premiere of videos from Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny’s documentary project The Native and the Refugee, connecting struggles taking place on Indian reservations in the United States and those in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. This event will focus on the native dimension of the project, watching and discussing the current situations on Indigenous Territories across Turtle Island, including here in Coast Salish Territory.
The event will start at 6pm with an informal outdoor bbq (vegan/meat) by donation and at 7pm the event will go inside with introductory remarks by Artist Jayce Salloum. The screening will be followed with a discussion with the filmmakers.

DATE: June 30, 2015, 6PM-9PM
LOCATION: VIVO, 2625 Kaslo Street, Coast Salish Territory (near Renfrew Skytrain Station). VIVO is not an accessible venue, with 7 steps between the front door and screening level. Read the rest of this entry

The Logic of Israeli Violence

A massive explosion hits Gaza Strip as Israeli forces bomb heavily populated areas.

A massive explosion hits Gaza Strip as Israeli forces bomb heavily populated areas.

Israeli violence isn’t senseless — it follows a colonial logic.

by Greg Shupak, Jacobin Magazine, July 30, 2014

One could be forgiven for understanding Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip as butchery for its own sake. That’s a plausible interpretation of the killing of 1,284 Palestinians, at least 75 percent of whom are civilians, and injuring another 7,100.

Seeing Israel as engaging in senseless bloodletting might seem an even more reasonable conclusion in light of the massacre of sixty-three people in Shujaiya after “the extensive use of artillery fire on dozens of populated areas across the Gaza Strip” that left bodies “scattered on streets,” or the bombing of United Nations shelters for those fleeing the violence. That conclusion is also tempting based on reports out of Khuza’a, a hamlet in the hinterlands of the Strip that was the scene of another Israeli massacre. Read the rest of this entry

Palestine Without Smears: Why Israel and Natives Aren’t Natural Allies

Palestine Native comparisonRobert Warrior, Indian Country Today, Jan 29, 2014

Ryan Bellerose’s unfortunate recent op-ed essay in Indian Country Today Media Network, “Don’t Mix Indigenous Fight with Palestinian Rights,” would be laughable and easy to dismiss given how heavy on bluster and light on accuracy it is. The essay, however, employs ugly characterizations and simplistic historical analysis in discussing deadly important and serious issues regarding American Indians, Israel and Palestine. Seeing what connects the Native world to the Middle East is challenging to many ICTMN readers, but a clear dividing line is emerging between American Indian defenders of Israel and the growing number of us who support the Palestinian boycott divestment, and sanctions movement. Read the rest of this entry

Innu Land Defender Arrested By Israeli Police

Mateo Simonsen-Sereda speaking at a rally in Montreal.

Mateo Du Pekuakami  speaking at a rally in Montreal.

Reclaim Turtle Island, January 29, 2014

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Innu Land Defender and anti-colonial organizer Mateo Du Pekuakami, 24, from the community of Mashteuiatsh has been arrested in the occupied territories of Palestine by Israel’s police. Mateo is a member of the Wâbak Collective, and has been involved in organizing against the Line 9 tar sands pipeline and Plan Nord in his territories. Read the rest of this entry